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Old 11-08-2017, 10:13 PM
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trailer tires vs LT tires

i was wondering how many of you are towing small trailer with you FSJ I am currently working on a small 3x5 2000lb GVWR trailer to pull behind my 77 Cherokee the trailer originally had ST 6.00 x 12 tires, I what to put taller tires for more ground clearance and less bearings speed. i know the experts say ST trailer tire are for trail and Lt tire are for truck, trailer tire are built to haul more weight, but still I am limited to 2000 lb axle rating, just wondering if any of you are running LT tire in your small trailer and how do they holding up
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:16 PM
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If I ever get around to building a trailer it'll have the same tires and wheels as the tow vehicle so one spare fits all.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:27 PM
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would have to change to a 3500 lb trailer axle to get the same bolt pattern as the Cherokee 6x5.5

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Old 11-08-2017, 10:32 PM
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If I ever get around to building a trailer it'll have the same tires and wheels as the tow vehicle so one spare fits all.
Same here. I'm planning on building a matching camp/offroad trailer from an 8ft J-truck bed. So, I am also curious on this question.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:55 AM
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The key difference between ST and LT tires is the sidewall. If you look at some of the RV sites, this is a hotly contested subject and you will see supporters for both types. The ST tires have a stiffer sidewall which allows them the higher weight capacity as well as reduced side to side sway. The penalty is reduced speed because the stiffer sidewall builds up heat more easily at higher speeds. Most ST tires have a 65 (or lower) speed rating but there are a few than are rated higher. Almost all ST tires are made overseas and poor quality is typically their downfall.
Meanwhile the LT tires have thinner sidewalls and offer a higher speed rating. If you plan to travel side trails, the thinner sidewalls are more susceptible to damage. Almost any will provide enough load capacity for your 2000 lb limit.
Personally, I use LT tires because I want to drive interstate speeds. The few times I am off the pavement, I am very careful about tire placement to avoid sidewall damage.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:41 AM
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I'd think stiffer sidewalls and less flex would cause less heat generation.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:12 PM
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I'd think stiffer sidewalls and less flex would cause less heat generation.

Both types will flex. At higher speeds, there is a higher frequency of flexing. The stiffer sidewalls (more ply's) have more resistance to flex. More resistance = more heat.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:29 PM
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Made up my own axle after bending a couple.....2 1/2" reciever hitch tube, .250 wall, 3/8 plate on each end, with corner gussets, drilled for dana 44 spindles. Used spindles and hubs from the same type rig, to get same bolt pattern, and run the same size on trailer and tow rig. Had everything on hand except the tube, and was able to do the welding myself (auto body tech).

Even if you have a local fabshop put it together, shouldn't run too much.

Never liked or trusted adapters.

3 x 5 not going to be real useful, IMO, but to each his own needs
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Old 11-26-2017, 10:28 PM
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well after searching the inter-web for week and not find anything i like in the adapter world. decided not to go the adapter route I decided to change the axle, i found a trailer part supplier where i can get a 3500lb Dexter axle with 6x5.5 hub,axle seats,lug nut, u-bolt kit with the custom hub face measurement for 134.95 with free shipping, just never could convince myself to add another piece to the pie with the adapters, it cost me a tank of gas and a old afb/carter 4 barrel carb in trade for the trailer and a trip to Granite to get it.

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2K trailer...3X5. Gonna get 2K on that? haha...
Anyway..use D rated tires for what you are doing.
Bigger trailers get E rated....You should be running D rated on your Jeep if you wheel in anything other than the mall.....Rocks are tough on lesser tires.

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Old 11-30-2017, 10:59 PM
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no j20 we don't do any mall crawls in eastern Oregon,hell don't even have a mall in town,I will be using the trailer to haul mining equipment to my claim,

Running Goodyear Wrangler 31/10.50-15LT load index 109=2271lb on tow rig.

Goodyear wrangler 30/9.50-15LT on trailer with a load index of 104=1984 both set of tire should work find for the job.
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